2 minors charged with arson in Silverstone pavilion fire

Two minors have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that burned down the former clubhouse of Silverstone Golf Club.

The fire was first reported Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Silverstone Golf Club, 8600 Cupp Dr., near Rainbow Boulevard, north of Grand Teton Drive. It took Las Vegas firefighters approximately six hours to extinguish the blaze from the closed building.

“This is one of the longest running fires in over five years in the city, Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski said in a statement that evening.

The bulk of the blaze was out by 6.30pm, but he warned crews would be on the scene overnight to put out hot spots. Although no one was injured, the entire building was destroyed and damage was estimated at $5 million.

Arson investigators called in 25 investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives National Response Team to investigate the blaze.

“Most of the investigation consisted of interviews which help lead investigators to the two minors who have been charged,” Szymanski said on Saturday. “Reviewing countless social media posts and videos also assisted investigators.”

The children’s names were not immediately released, but each will face one count of second-degree arson.

Szymanski did not specify what caused the fire.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at [email protected] or 702-383-0278. To follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.

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